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a friend in washington, get a dog. well, chuck hagel is learning that lesson the hard way after a self-proclaimed friend says he is unfit to serve as secretary of defense. >>> and oscar pistorius has the lead role in what could become south africa's trial of the century. we will dive into the murder charges against the olympic sprinter. >>> and two cardinals may not get a warm welcome when they get to the vatican, as catholic leaders prepare to pick a new pope. >>> john kerry is going to nine country us in 11 days. tee bee sides england, he will visit germany, turkey, egypt you saudi arabia, the united arab emirates and qatar. >>> there could be another addition to the president's cabinet this week. the u.s. senate is expected to vote on chuck hagel as secretary of defense. democrats believe they have the votes to confirm hagel, despite opposition to the pick from hagel's own republican party. >>> the president and congress go back to work this week and high on their agenda, the forced spending cuts, if they don't reach a budget deal by friday, $85 billion across-the-board cut goes int
over cabinet nominee chuck hagel. i talked about all of it with democratic strategist robert zimmerman starting with the man who wants to be in charge at the pentagon. the showdown over chuck hagel's nomination, blocked by republicans until of presidents day break. very rare to filibuster a cabinet pick. i want to show you what john mccain said on fox. he said, there's a lot of ill will towards senator hagel because when he was a republican, he attacked president bush mercilessly and said he was the worst president since herbert hoover, said the surge was the worst blunder since the vietnam war. which is nonsense. antihis own party, people don't forget that. is this hagel fight about policy or is it about a political payback? >> this is all about politics. when you listen to that quote from john mccain and you watch the way he and his colleagues conducted themselves, they look like an infomercial for anger management therapy. it was truly nothing more than a grudge match. we have almost 70,000 soldiers in combat in afghanistan representing us, fighting for our country and also protecti
forced spending cut russ this week's big topic, but gun control and the nomination of chuck hagel as defense secretary also on the front burner. cnn political ed tore paul steinhauser has his take on this week's hot issues. >> reporter: hey, fred. it's the biggest story here in washington, those forced spending cuts, which will kick in starting friday if there's no deal between the white house and congress to avert them. so, what do you think about those cut you a majority in two new polls say they should be delayed, including 54% questioning a new bloomberg survey. four in ten say let the cutting begin. the president's pointing fingers at republicans in congress. >> this is not a smart way for us to reduce the deficit. >> reporter: they are faulting mr. obama. who do you think is blamed? nearly half questioned in a "usa today"/pew poll said three in ten say mr. obama would be more at fault. there is a crucial senate hearing this week on gun violence, gun control proposals start making their way through congress in the wake of last year's mass shooting at a connecticut school. acc
but you get to choose where the cuts are made that may happen. >> let's move to former senator chuck hagel, vietnam vet, won two purple hartless, first ever defense secretary nominee to be filibustered, which as i come to understand it, it a way of delaying vote until all the politicians get back from the president's weekend. what did you learn on your show tod today. >> a couple thing, most folks, even those who will vet against chuck hail hague, believe he will become the next defense secretary. the republicans suede need to know more things, a couple speeches, we haven't seen exactly what he said. in the end, you will have the majority of republicans, i guess will vote against haig bull they will allow the vote to go forward. >> so incredible, looking at it from an outsider, the process didn't move that much fast we are secretary of state john kerry's nomination. there seems to be a lot more theater involved in this. is it why, i guess? >>er can raves popular choice. well liked, across the board, republicans and democrats and very quick and made it known, you remember all the pushback t
senator chuck hagel has been nominated to replace panetta. that confirmation vote continues and has been postponed. >>> a look at this massive crowd that filled the streets in tunisia. this was a public funeral of an opposition leader shot dead outside his home wednesday. thousands of grieving and angry folks marching with his coffin to a cemetery. many believe it was a political assassination. riot police have violently put down several public demonstrations since that shooting. >>> and of course getting back to california, one of our main stories here, the hunt for the former cop now a murder suspect. christopher dorner accused of killing three people around l.a. and declaring war on the entire lapd in a rampage seeking revenge for being fired. casey wian is with us from los angeles, and paul would ybuchan big bear. paul, i want to start off with you because we heard from the sheriff there and they continue the search even though the weather is pretty bad in big bear. they lost his tracks because the ground is frozen. so how are they pursuing this? >> reporter: well, they're continuing
rights and trying to take down defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. >> have you been paid by a foreign government. >> it is unusual for a freshman to be this outspoken en a high profile issue. >> at the end of the day, i was elected to represent 26 million texans and to speak the truth. you know, i think a lot of americans are tired of politicians in washington in both parties who play games. >> reporter: the 42-year-old cuban american from texas, studied the principles and memorized the constitution as a teenager thanks to his father, a cuban refugee. he became splis ter general of texas, arguing for state rights and religious freedom before the u.s. supreme court. tea party activist bucked the gop establishment to help elect cruz. >> he's the total package. he's a great messenger for ideas, a true believer and a guy you never have to wonder about how he's going to vote. >> reporter: conservatives in texas may be ecstatic he's so aggressive so fast, but for some senior republican senators, not so much. what are guiding principles of the senate for a freshman senator is come in and be
, colorado, this morning. >>> time to check our other top stories. chuck hagel could be confirmed as the next defense zret. this week, his nomination has been held up several weeks as some gop senators push the white house for more answers on the september 11th benghazi attack. senate expected to vote tomorrow to end the gop filibuster or delaying tactic on the nomination. >>> the afghan government wants u.s. special forces out of a province west of kabul within two weeks. it accuses member of the american elite military unit of torturing and killing innocent people. the u.s. military says it is investigating these accusations. >>> former white house press secretary robert gibbs says he was told not to discuss or even to acknowledge the controversial drone program when he became the obama administration's chief spokesperson. here's what he told msnbc. >> i think in many ways what the president has seen. i think what the president has seen is our denial of the existence of the program, when it's obviously happening, undermines the people's confidence overall in the decisions their government m
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